North Korea’s propaganda department released a video over the weekend showing an apparent nuclear strike against a city in the United States. The video, presented as a young man’s dream sequence, depicts the launch of a North Korean spaceship via a rocket similar to ones recently tested by the Hermit Kingdom. While orbiting the Earth in this craft the young man is able to zoom in on different countries (including what appears to be a unified Korea). Towards the end of the video the camera zooms in on a city covered by an American flag which is subsequently destroyed by a vast explosion. LiveLeak has a good breakdown of the video here.
Setting aside for a moment the fact the North Korean rocket tests fail more often than they succeed, and that the country’s nuclear capabilities are crude at best, what are we to make of this video? Is it cry for attention from a mausolocracy that is currently run by an attention starved little boy? Is it rash posturing in the wake of UN condemnation of North Korean nuclear ambitions? Or is it meant as a genuine threat to the enemies of Kim Jong Un? One thing that does seem clear is that, while Iran sticks to the story of nuclear development for civilian energy needs, North Korea has no bones about making public her nuclear intentions.